Council creates stand-alone capital investment vehicle
The first stand-alone capital investment vehicle in the north-east has been created by Durham Council.
Helping to green the grass on your side of the fence
The Apprenticeship Levy heralds a new dawn for workplace development and consigns the old-fashioned views about apprenticeships to history once and for all, writes Jason Stevens.
CA company to promote region’s overseas growth
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has established a growth company to help promote the region around the world.
The time, the place
As the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission publicises its final report, Charlotte Alldritt explains why a new form of leadership is needed at local level.
Call for 'radical overhaul' of public services
The RSA Inclusive Growth Commission today called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of public services, including more powers and devolution to combined authorities.
MPs call for rates and LEP reviews
MPs have called for separate government reviews of local enterprise partnerships (LEP) and the business rates system as part of the industrial strategy.
The rise of local authority housing companies
Local authority housing companies are becoming big business. Simon Martin and Steve Partridge examine the different approaches councils are taking and the risks and rewards of doing so.
Building for the future
Anna Randle discusses the findings of a new research report, Building Collaborative Places, setting out the ways public services can improve outcomes for citizens within harsh financial conditions.
Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services
John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.
Action plan for Glasgow’s growth
Last week the eight councils of the Glasgow City Region launched their joint economic action plan. Cllr Frank McAveety explains how the region is kick-starting a long-term collaboration on jobs, skills and inclusive growth.
Brexit gives regions a real chance to bridge the prosperity gap
Brexit should be seen as an opportunity to usher in serious change and prosperity to the regions, writes Dr Laurence Ferry - and the industrial strategy could be a key driver if local government is given the tools and necessary accountability.
The journey is just beginning
In the wake of the recent raft of national policy announcements, Mike Emmerich says it is time for the sector to take firm action and make sure this pivotal moment isn’t lost
Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead
Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.
Stop pretending and start talking about the future
We are at a pivotal moment in local government history and the sector has to start being honest, writes Heather Jameson.
Time for the sector to embrace apprenticeships
Apprenticeships may well be the key to help the public sector meet ever increasing expectation and demand, writes Jason Stevens.
Communities must be at the heart of the industrial strategy
Colin Crooks argues the trickle down effect of investment cannot change communities alone.
Planning beyond the political cycle
Local areas must be given more autonomy to invest for the future, writes Louise Sunderland.
We’re in this together
The year ahead poses myriad challenges to local government. Deborah Cadman calls on leaders in the sector to support each other through these difficult times.
Brexit ‘must work for councils’
Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations must secure beneficial access to the European Union’s key markets or local authorities could suffer, experts have warned.
Blueprint for Welsh working outlined by minister
Proposals unveiled by the Welsh Government this week could see a move towards regional working.